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27 Nov 2019
Newsletter - Summer 2020
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26 Nov 2018
Thorne Harbour Health highlights plans ‘For the Future’ at 2018 Annual General Meeting
Thorne Harbour Health (formally comprised of the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre) held their annual general meeting yesterday to announce their newest Life Members, their 2018 award recipients, and their newly elected board members. The evening also included the release of the 2017/2018 Annual Report For the Future and the announcement of the organisation’s newest location at 200 Hoddle Street in Abbotsford. The Annual General Meeting also includes the Keith Harbour Address, this year delivered by the organisation’s founding President, Phil Carswell. Recipients for this year’s Life Membership included longstanding advocate for people living with HIV, Paul Kidd, and Maureen O’Brien, the organisation’s founding clinic nurse who worked tirelessly with the community through the height of the epidemic.The 2018 Thorne Harbour Health Awards were presented, including:President’s Award to David Owen for his longstanding volunteer services as a solicitor and a member of the organisation’s Investments CommitteeGreig Friday Young Leader Award to LGBTI community advocate Lee Carnie from the Human Rights Law CentreMedia Award to LGBTI regional radio presenter Max PrimerAs well as Special Services Awards to:Professor Jenny Hoy - longstanding HIV clinician and researcherVirginia Cummins - health promotion campaign photographerHerbert Smith Freehills LawyersNic Holas - PLHIV advocate and founder of The Institute of Many (TIM)“Our work is supported by an incredible network of individuals and organisations every year,” said Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth. “Our annual awards are just a small token of our appreciation and a way we can acknowledge the meaningful impact of their contribution.”The evening also saw the release of the 2017/2018 Annual Report For the Future - complementing last year’s award-winning If report. The publication features a collection of portraits from Melbourne’s LGBTI communities and captures their hopes ‘for the future’. This year’s report also includes the announcement of the organisation’s newest location at 200 Hoddle Street. “We’re a growing organisation with sites across Victoria and South Australia now,” said Thorne Harbour President Chad Hughes. “And we’re looking forward to having services and staff in the Victorian Pride Centre. The recent purchase of 200 Hoddle Street means that we’ll have another location to serve our LGBTI communities ‘for the future.’”At the Annual General Meeting, the outcome of the election was announced, seeing Paul Kidd as well as Assoc. Prof. Adam Bourne joining the joint VAC/GMHC board.
17 Nov 2019
Thorne Harbour Health Celebrates Diversity in Landmark AGM
Thorne Harbour Health’s annual general meeting confirmed that the organisation, formerly the Victorian AIDS Council, is one of the most inclusive and diverse LGBTI organisations in the country. As part of the proceedings, the 27th Keith Harbour Address was delivered by the 2019 International Mr Leather, Jack Thompson, the first openly HIV positive trans person to deliver the keynote address. The event also saw the announcement of the Thorne Harbour Health Awards, recognising significant contributions to advancing the health and wellbeing of LGBTI communities and people living with HIV (PLHIV). Jack Thompson is the first trans person of colour to win the title of International Mr Leather in its 40-year history. Mr Thompson has also been public about being a person living with HIV. His “You Are Enough” speech at IML 2019 challenged the stigma, discrimination, and transphobia he has faced and was widely shared on social media. Prior to winning his title, Mr Thompson has been a sexual health educator and peer test facilitator. He has embraced this broader public platform to advance the community conversation and advocate for the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse communities, people of colour, and PLHIV.“Jack’s leadership demonstrates that real progress in addressing stigma can be achieved through bravery, intelligence and inclusion. Jack is a great example to us all,” said Thorne Harbour President Chad Hughes.Mr Hughes’ address at the AGM emphasised both the growth of the services that Thorne Harbour now provides and its strength through the diversity of its staff as well as it’s passionate volunteer base.Sunday’s meeting also saw the recognition of a number of significant contributions from leaders and volunteers whose work contributes to the health and wellbeing of our community.These included Life Memberships to community personality and volunteer Luke Gallagher as well as community activist and former THH (then VAC) president, Kirsty Machon. The President’s Award went to Joseph Tesoiero for his work in addressing financial barriers to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the community. Journalist David Marr received the Media Award for his work on human rights, homophobic violence and corruption in the church. Special Service Awards went to:Nathan Despott in recognition of his founding of the Brave Network to support LGBTI people of faithRenea and Charlotte Johnson for their tireless volunteerism in support of Thorne HarbourGreg Axtens for his work advocating on behalf of LGBTI people living with a disability Caitlin Grigsby for improving the lives of regional LGBTI people through the Gippsland Pride InitiativeThis year’s Greig Friday Young Leader Award went to Jason Choi for his commitment to and work with the Peer Education Program at Thorne Harbour.“It’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of individuals being recognised for, not only their significant contribution to the organisation, but their desire to see a better place for LGBTI people in our community,” said Thorne Harbour CEO Simon Ruth.